Raonic ends lucky loser's run at Indian Wells

Jose Verdugo
Marcha 15, 2019

Milos Raonic of Canada plays a forehand against Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia during their men's singles quarterfinal match at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 14, 2019 in Indian Wells, California.

He'll face either eighth-ranked Austrian Dominic Thiem or France's world number 19 Gael Monfils for a place in the final.

Now the 19-year-old will regroup and prepare for the Miami Masters, which has given him a wild card invitation.

Kerber battled to a 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 victory over Williams in a quarter-final lasting one hour, 36 minutes on Thursday.

Bencic, who won her third career title at Dubai last month and her first since 2015, next plays the victor of the match between Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams.

Williams fought off two break points to tie the second set 2-all before Kerber again won three games in arrow for a 5-2 lead. "This is the mentality I have, and this is the mentality I'm going to keep having". Kerber held to force the tiebreaker, which she dominated. In the third, she overcame a break point to hold at 2-all but only won one more game the rest of the way.

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Williams alternately smacked winners from the baseline and sprayed shots beyond the lines.

But Williams hasn't made it farther than the quarterfinals at any Premier Mandatory or Grand Slam tourney since last year's BNP Paribas Open.

Bencic was pushed to three sets Thursday for the first time in four matches at this tournament.

When asked where a title this week would rank in his career, Raonic said, "It would be there, I believe, parallel to the Wimbledon final (in 2016), if not higher, just because it's going through a week amongst the best players in the world without sort of ending with a loss".

With their first ever meeting going the distance, Bencic took the decider to extend her winning run to 12 matches and back up her upset of top seed and defending champion Naomi Osaka in the fourth round. "So my serve was bad, my shots were bad". She'll face No. 6 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on Friday. The 22-year-old Swiss player missed five months in 2017 after wrist surgery.

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